Diet and Nutrition
Although there is no way to prevent prostate cancer, embracing a prostate cancer friendly diet is key to lowering prostate cancer risk, vital during treatment and paramount as a prostate cancer survivor. Learn more about healthy eating tips, resources, and recipes to maintain prostate cancer health for the man in your life.
What are the basics of a prostate cancer healthy diet?
Foods that support a healthy prostate cancer diet may include-
Healthy levels of:
antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables
soy is filled with isoflavones in which high levels have been associates with lower PSA levels
lean protein such as fish, beans, nuts and seeds support a diet of lower levels of saturated fat
green tea contains catechins in which research has shown have slowed the rate of growth of cancer cells
a high fiber diet rich with cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower break down cancer causing carcinogens
fruits that contain pectin such as peaches, plums, apricots, oranges, grapefruit and apples can reduce the number of cancerous cells
tomatoes and watermelon contain the antioxidant lycopene that may lower prostate cancer risk
Lower levels of:
red meat and saturated fat
Where can I go to buy prostate cancer friendly foods?
Many local grocery stores carry nutrient rich fruits and vegatables and some carry various varieties of organic meat and produce as well.
Food co-operatives are also a good option to access foods from local and organic food sources potentially within a budget. What is a co-operative?
Read this article to learn more courtesy of Lifehacker.com.
Here are some resources to find a local food co-op in your area:
Cooperate Grocer Network www.grocer.coop This directory features more than 300 food co-ops across North America. Search by name, state, or find one on the map.You'll also find CGN Associate Members, organizations that provide support to food co-ops. Educational resources, sponsors, and vendors are included, too.
Nature's Garden Express www.naturesgardenexpress.com : Get connected to local co-ops offering organic fruit and vegetables and take advantage of local delivery services currently in Georgia and Alabama, as well as parts of Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Mississippi. Home delivery options are super convenient for families and will be available nationwide soon.
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) www.ncg.coop is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. We represent 148 food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 38 states with combined annual sales of over $1.8 billion and over 1.5 million consumer-owners. NCG helps unify natural food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and ultimately offer more value to natural food co-op owners and shoppers everywhere.